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Events and activities

All events and activities

Families watching a firework display.
01 March 2018


1–3 November 2021

Bonfire and firework displays taking place in the borough.

Close-up of Amal's face.
03 March 2018


Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Welcome Little Amal to Rochdale during the final part of her extraordinary journey – an epic voyage across borders.

Silohuette of a parent holding a child aloft in front of a large moel of the Earth.
04 March 2018


20 November 2021–24 December 2021

Luke Jerram’s internationally renowned work of art depicts the Earth as you’ve never seen it before.

A Post-it note with School's out written on it.
06 March 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays​​ in the Rochdale borough​.
Computer screen and mobile screen.
09 March 2018

Available at home

We can still show you lots of things to do at home even though in-person activities have started again.

Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.
20 March 2018

Virtual tours available from home

Our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall will not take place now until 2023, but you may want to take a virtual tour.

A yoga practitioner.
01 June 2018

Available at home

Workouts, classes and more you can do at home.

A parent and child playing.
05 June 2018

Monday-Friday

Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.

2 children sat together.
23 May 2020

Weekly sessions

As we can’t hold fostering information sessions in our usual public venues, we’re meeting online on Zoom video call.

Freedom Programme logo.
23 May 2020

Weekly sessions

A free and confidential 12-week programme for women who want to know more about domestic abuse.

A person reading a book.
29 June 2020

Available at home

We've created a Facebook group to share the latest books we've all been reading. It's free to join.

3 people sat at computers.
29 June 2020



Every Monday

Free course in basic computer skills for beginners.

Illustrated babies playing with toys and reading, with text reading Library Time.
01 July 2020


Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

If you have young children to look after during the week, drop in to one of our new relaxed Library Time sessions.

Person making a card at a table.
02 July 2020



Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home.

Banner with Living Well logo and text reading, Middleton Art and Craft Group.
02 July 2020



Every Tuesday

Join our fantastic arts and crafts group in Middleton. All sessions are free and all materials are provided.

Box of yarn.
02 July 2020



Every Tuesday

Everyone is welcome to this fun and friendly knit and natter session. Enjoy a brew and a biscuit while you knit or crochet your morning away.

A smiling man using a computer in the library.
03 July 2020


Every Tuesday

A weekly beginners' computer class. Learn about online safety, how to use the internet and more.

A young mother reading with her child.
06 July 2020


Every Wednesday

Weekly informal sessions for new and expectant mums to talk, ask questions and make new friends.

Virtual Lego Club logo.
07 July 2020


Every Thursday

Anybody with access to Lego is welcome to take on our weekly challenges and post creations in the group.

People laughing and chatting over a coffee.
08 July 2020


Every Friday

A free weekly social meeting over a cuppa and biscuits.

A young child sat in bed reading a book.
08 July 2020



Every Friday during term time

Join our fun stories and rhymes session led by Sure Start Children's Centres.

2 people sat in a library reading.
09 July 2020



First Thursday of every month

Read, share and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction chosen from our extensive list of book titles.

A woman sat on a sofar reading a book.
10 July 2020


Last Monday of every month

A small, friendly group, who love to read and like to talk about what we have read.

Pen writing on a paper.
27 July 2020



2nd Thursday of every month

A creative writing group to explore or develop your writing skills.

Basket of yarn with a pair of knitting needles.
31 July 2020



Every Friday

A friendly group for people who knit, crochet, sew, embroider or do any kind of needlecraft.

Illustration of animals reading books.
02 August 2020


Last Friday of every month

Join our new virtual Children’s Reading Group for ages 7–11, with a new book to read and discuss each month.

Cake and cappuccino.
02 August 2020



Last Friday of every month

Join us for a brew and refreshments while you chat with others from around the borough.

Cross stitch pattern.
11 August 2020



Every Saturday

A friendly group at Spotland Library for people who enjoy cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, or who would like to start.

Close up of child's hands working on Lego model.
11 August 2020


Every Saturday

Children are welcome to enjoy some creative play, and if they wish, their creations can be displayed in the library.

Lego bricks.
11 August 2020



Every Saturday

Come and join our Lego Club to get creative and let your imagination run wild.

A small pile of books.
12 August 2020


Last Saturday of every month

Discover new authors and discuss books with other readers at our friendly and relaxed reading group.

Join in the fun at your local library.
18 August 2020

Weekly sessions

Join one of the storytime sessions suitable for children aged 0-5.

Logo for Rochdale in Rainbows – let's bring the borough together.
28 June 2021


28 June 2021–4 July 2021

Rochdale in Rainbows, the borough's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) steering group, is proud to present Pride.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of Bookstart Bear reading to a young bear.
17 August 2021


Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for babies up to 15 months and their parent or carer.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of young bears reading and discussing books.
19 August 2021


Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for toddlers up to pre-school age and their parent or carer.

Potted plants growing in a tray, logos for Lottery Community Fund and Ambition for Ageing.
11 October 2021



11 October 2021–13 December 2021

10 weekly sessions including pottery, indoor and outdoor planting, growing herbs and lots more.

Children's hands above a table covered with paints and colouring pens.
25 October 2021


Monday, 25 October 2021 and Friday, 29 October 2021

Free family autumn and Halloween themed crafts suitable for children aged 4 and over.

Illustrated haunted house at night surrounded by glowing pumpkin lanterns.
30 October 2021


Saturday, 30 October 2021

Come on down and enjoy a free Halloween story fit for young children and families.

Ed Byrne.
13 November 2021

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Ed Byrne presents 'If I'm Being Honest...', his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.

A red poppy in a field.
14 November 2021

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Remembrance Sunday services taking place in Rochdale borough.

Woman on a stage wearing a rain coat.
04 December 2021


Saturday, 4 December 2021

A powerful original theatre production that creatively confronts the climate emergency.

Bowlee Car Boot Sale logo.
01 April 2022



Dates to be announced

One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events.

Crowds watching the headline act at the 2019 Feel Good Festival.
13 August 2022


Saturday, 13 August 2022

Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by The Fratellis. Tickets on sale now.

Runners starting the race.
01 October 2022



Date to be announced

View race results from the 2021 event.

Request to raise a flag

You can request to raise a flag from a number of locations across the borough.